"Go get the stick, girl. Go on. That's a good girl … bring it to daddy. Ivy Sue bring the stick to daddy … bring it here. No I'm not chasing you. Ivy get … get over here."
Ah, fetch, one of the easiest, most enjoyable, and sometimes frustrating games a child can play with a dog. All that's needed is a stick, a toy or a ball. Fetch is great exercise for the dog and if done correctly, the game teaches both child and dog teamwork [source: Dale].
A few people suggest that some breeds (of dogs, not kids) are better at playing fetch than others. They say that retrieving a ball and returning it is much like herding animals, which some dogs instinctively do. Whether it is like herding or not, fetch is easy to play. The trick is to use the same toy only for this game, that way the dog knows exactly what's going to happen. Also, make sure your child is giving the dog commands in an upbeat and fun voice [source: Dale].
The correct way to play is for the dog to fetch the stick or ball and return it to their child by dropping it at his or her feet or putting it in their hands. The last step does not come easily to some dogs. That's why the child needs to teach the dog to "drop it" or "give it." When the dog obeys the commands, make sure your child gives the dog a treat and praises it [source: ASPCA].
Other dogs might retrieve the toy but not return it at all. As most dog trainers will tell you, at this point it's appropriate to call the dog by name, bring your outstretched right hand across to your left shoulder and say "here." If the dog does not respond, the child needs to say the command again, make the hand gesture and go get the pooch. Eventually something will click and every time the animal hears "here" and sees the arm gesture it will return to you, toy in mouth (hopefully).